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Merck Director, Operations / IPT Leader in West Point, Pennsylvania

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

The IPT Leader is the business unit manager for the Integrated Process Team (IPT), and represents the IPT on the LVV E2E Leadership Team. The IPT Leader is accountable for achieving the process outcomes for the IPT. The IPT Leader provides tactical and strategic direction to the cross-functional team of the IPT (Quality, Technology, Maintenance, etc…), and promotes the behaviors and principles that drive continuous improvement. They ensure that short-term and long-term supply objectives are achieved while providing a compliant high quality product at the lowest cost consistent with Merck, Regulatory Agency, and State and Local code requirements for quality, equal employment opportunity, employee and environmental safety and health.

  • Compliance - Accountable for compliance with Safety, Environmental, cGMP, Financial and Labor, regulations for processes associated with the IPT. Responsible for creating and sustaining a culture that ensures Safety and Compliance are imperatives for the business. Responsible for establishing a Right First Time culture by reducing waste and constantly driving continuous improvement.

  • Supply - Lead IPT daily walk through. Ensure reliable supply of vaccines to both internal and external customers. Accountable for Schedule Adherence, Release on Time, and Customer service performance. Responsible for continuous reduction in product Lead Time. Provide purchasing approval (within Grant of Authority) for IPT. Develop strategic initiatives related to the manufacturing process, equipment and human resources in support of long range operating plans. Ability to exercise a high degree of independent judgment and decision making to ensure a high quality product is produced while maintaining cost.

  • People Management – Responsible for creating and sustaining a highly engaged workforce through utilization of Inclusion. Act as a mentor for members of the IPT. Provide coaching on professional development and career pathing. Provide timely feedback and performance evaluations for direct reports after obtaining the relevant input and evaluation. Provide feedback and input on performance evaluations for dotted line reports, who are members of the IPT. Team with other members of the LVV E2E Leadership team to plan and implement talent management plans for IPT and the COE resources.

  • Financial Stewardship- Responsible for development and management of the operating budget as defined with the profit plan. Accountable for meeting the operating budget and continuously reducing cost. Ensure members of the IPT have high business acumen and understand how they impact the cost and finances of the business.

  • Continuous Improvement - Accountable for developing an MPS culture while achieving MPS Targets and business results for the IPT. Report monthly metrics and any action plans to address gaps for the IPT to the LVV E2E Leadership team. Accountable for implementation of corrective actions identified in Continuous Improvements Audits. Identify, prioritize, and champion improvement projects to improve process efficiency, cycle time, and yield, reduce process variability, and eliminate waste.

Education Minimum Requirement:

Required Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Science, Engineering.

Preferred Education:

  • Master’s Degree

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum (8) years’ experience in a functional area, such as Operations, Quality, Technical Operations, Engineering (Central, Chemical, Industrial, and/or Process), Production Planning, and/or New Products Planning .

  • Minimum of (3) years direct management experience.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of (2) years’ experience in sterile/aseptic processing.

  • Minimum of (5) years of operations line experience, with responsibility for direct and indirect reports.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Operational Excellence tools and methodology, including MPS/lean processing.

  • Demonstrated ability to create an engaged workforce using Inclusion as the How.

  • Demonstrated experience of interacting with regulatory agencies via on-site inspections.

Basic Qualifications

Do you have a minimum of (8) years’ experience in a functional area, such as Operations, Quality, Technical Operations, Engineering (Central, Chemical, Industrial, and/or Process), Production Planning, and/or New Products Planning ?

Do you have a minimum of (3) years direct management experience?

Do you have a minimum of (2) years’ experience in sterile/aseptic processing?

Do you have minimum of (5) years of operations line experience, with responsibility for direct and indirect reports?

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com .

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully:

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Merck is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of it’s manifestations.

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Title: Director, Operations / IPT Leader

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Requisition ID: MAN006494

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